Both my cats unfortunately have a desire to hunt. I took the decision to try them with collars with bells which on the whole has been a success all round.
The major downside has been their capacity to lose the collars - always when outside, rarely in the house, and always outside the garden - amazing isn't it!
I started to look around for cheaper collars, thinking that on the whole, what I'm essentially buying is a disposable collar ... One of the girls was losing hers at a rate of about one a week. I'm always careful to choose ones with an easy release, so it's obviously a delicate balance finding one that will actually stay on whilst also being easy enough to release should they ever get stuck.
I spotted these on Amazon for £1.89 when I was looking to actively make a certain number of purchases to qualify for a bonus off my cashback site. Even though I would rather try the clasp before buying, the bonus I was seeking meant I stood to gain anyway so I ordered two.
When they arrived I knew immediately they were going to be effective in the bell department - they were jingling through the packaging! Inside the packaging, the collars are mounted on cardboard and you have access to the clasp, so I was able to try right away. This clasp gives exactly the right amount of resistance without being dangerous.
The look of the collars is great in my opinion - I bought the red, and it's a shiny reflective surface with a fabric inner side and a matching red bell attached - a neat little feature as bells are almost always silver regardless of the collar they are attached to. There is a circular plastic clasp which holds the collar in place, with "Ancol" written on the front. The shiny outside surface could easily be written on if you wanted to write a contact number on there. The nature of the shiny material means that the collars are not as flexible as others I've used, so I was a little apprehensive that they may be uncomfortable, but I was definitely wrong.
I put this collar onto Winnie straight away and she didn't make any fuss whatsoever, it was clearly very comfortable against her neck ... plus she looked fantastic as she's 100% black! Fortunately I haven't seen her in the car headlights, but the reflective properties of the collar are easy to see even indoors, and they often catch the light, so must be very effective if caught in darkness by headlights, which is also reassuring.
Finally, and best of all, Winnie has just completed four weeks with this one collar (and she is the one guilty of the most collar losses!) Evidently the clasp is that little bit more snug than others I've used (mostly from Pets at Home), although I am quite happy that it would still release if caught - I make sure to check from time to time.
These are now showing on Amazon website at £2.60 (free delivery), but even at that price they make an excellent purchase.